Arch Linux: Why?
I’ve used several linux distros before, but Arch is hands down my favourite. Here are several reasons why:
- Simple and lean architecture. Many top distros, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, and Mint (the three top linux distros according to Distrowatch), are targeted for general public, and thus contains many custom modules and features that adds no value to the system, and slows it down. Arch is the opposite, and thus faster
- Transparency. Many distros hide configurations under GUI, just like Windows do, and this makes it harder for users to figure out how to efficiently set up their system. Arch systems expose everything, and organized in logical manner, making it easier for users to figure out how it is set up, and a great distro to learn linux on.
- No GUI Install. This is really a plus, because configuring X(the GUI) can be such a pain. When I tried installing Ubuntu, I couldn’t even get the graphical installation program running because I was running a legacy graphics driver, and there is no option for non-GUI installation. With non-GUI installation you don’t have to worry about this, yet the steps and usage is as easy.
- Great community and support. Arch Wiki is great. While some articles are a little out-dated, most vital articles are up to date and easy to follow. The Arch Forum addresses minor and more specific issues, and there are always people who can help you. The forum is a great way to see how other people use their system and learn from their techniques as well as their mistakes.
- It’s of Canadian origin. It probably doesn’t matter to most people, but I like the fact that its Canadian origin. It makes it unique.
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